Ex-mayor submits signatures for run ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

July 08, 1993|By Tom Bowman | Tom Bowman,Staff Writer

Former Annapolis Mayor Dennis M. Callahan, hoping to win his old job back, submitted the signatures of 1,000 registered voters yesterday in an effort gain a spot on the November ballot.

Mr. Callahan, 51, who is running as an independent, said he submitted twice the number required under city election laws.

"It doesn't mean it's a guaranteed vote," said the former mayor. But the volume of signatures shows city residents are interested in the issues, particularly crime and growth, he said, adding, "We want to be issue-specific in this campaign."

Deborah Heinbuch, the city election administrator, said it would take about a week to verify the signatures, which would earn Mr. Callahan a place on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Independent candidates for mayor are required to collect 500 signatures: 50 from each of the city's eight wards and another 100 from throughout Annapolis.

Richard Duden, an Annapolis attorney who chaired Mr. Callahan's petition committee, said the committee has an additional 400 to 500 signatures in reserve in case they are needed by election officials. Mr. Callahan began his petition drive on St. Patrick's Day -- March 17 -- in honor of his Irish roots.

The last mayoral candidate to run as an independent was Roger W. "Pip" Moyer, a former two-term mayor who came in second to Republican John Apostle in 1977. Democratic nominee James Stilwell finished third.

Mr. Callahan, who manages Spa Creek Marina on Burnside Street, served one four-year term before he was defeated by Alfred A. Hopkins in the 1989 Democratic primary. Mr. Hopkins won in the general election.

Mr. Hopkins, who is running for re-election, will face Sylvanus B. Jones, a financial analyst and political newcomer in the Sept. 21 Democratic primary.

Larry Vincent, a Main Street clothier, is running for the GOP nomination.

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